Public opinion about texting and driving and enforcement of laws against it have changed. A new public opinion poll by the National Safety Council finds that almost 75% of respondents believe there should be more enforcement of laws against texting and driving. Most states have laws against texting and driving but no state has completely banned cell phone use.
According to a new National Safety Council public opinion poll about texting and driving:
- 73% of respondents think there should be more enforcement of texting laws; and
- 22% said current level of enforcement is fine.
As it relates to the types of penalties for texting and driving, respondents chose:
- Penalties including a point system that could lead to the loss of a driver's license or increased insurance costs: 52%
- Different levels of penalties for first vs. repeat offenses: 51%
- Large monetary fines: 50%
NSC president and CEO Deborah Hersman stated,
Today, the polls show the public is behind stronger penalties because most people recognize that it will take more than awareness campaigns to stop this dangerous behavior [texting and driving].
No state has laws banning all cell phone use while driving. Forty-four states plus the District of Columbia ban texting for all drivers, and 13 states and the District of Columbia have laws banning handheld driver cell phone use.
Distracted driving is dangerous. Do not do it.
Source: National Safety Council: Public ready for stiffer penalties for texting while driving